In a story that aired on KYMA in Yuma, Arizona and KECY-TV in in El Centro, California, Eric Welsh provided insight on the Biden administration’s recent decision to end Title 42 expulsions at the border as of May 23, 2022.
Instituted by the Trump administration during the pandemic, Title 42 allows the government to immediately turn away individuals who are arrested while trying to enter the country illegally and those seeking asylum at a border checkpoint. The story highlights the current situation at the border with Title 42 still in effect, as well as concerns from U.S. Senators Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema over how the U.S. will handle the influx of migrants when Title 42 ends.
Eric shares that Title 42 has prevented migrants from seeking asylum, a right under both United States and international law. He notes that in addition to potentially motivating more migrants to come to the United States, the removal of Title 42 could cause those who were previously expelled at the border due to Title 42 to come back and try again.
“Essentially, they have never made their claim,” Eric says. “They have been expelled, and they have been told that they can process their asylum applications or refugee applications outside of the United States.”
The full story can be viewed below.